Simona Halep overcomes Maria Sharapova to set up final clash with Elina Svitolina

Simona Halep overcame Maria Sharapova in Rome to reach the Italian Open final.

The world number one had to come from a set down but came out on top with a 4-6 6-1 6-4 win.

Halep will now face defending champion Elina Svitolina in the final after she enjoyed a comfortable 6-4 6-3 win over Anna Kontaveit.

“I’m happy with the way I handled today under pressure and all this week,” Svitolina said following her victory.

“I know there is one match to go and I will give it my best shot tomorrow.”

“I was really solid with my performance and I was really proud that I could stay consistent for the entire match.”